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New academic partnership to improve student’s social science skills

Published: Saturday, 20 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Students at Imperial College London will be able to improve their social science skills to try and tackle world challenges following a new academic partnership.

Imperial College London and the Queen Mary University of London have been awarded Doctoral Training Partnership status by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The new London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) will support those undertaking training to address key research priorities and global challenges that are present within the social science disciplines.

Students will now be able to work with some of the world’s leading experts in a range of areas, including the environment, culture and education, social inclusion, security and governance and health, as a result of the new partnership.

Help the next generation of business people

According to John Polak, from Imperial’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, social science is vital to helping the next generation of business people, engineers and scientists take on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

In order to really understand some of the challenges the world faces – such as climate change – there is a need to collect more information about the interactions that take place between the natural world, man-made systems and human behaviour. 

There is already a large amount of social science research taking place, as the problems that need to be solved require the expertise of those in the physical science and engineering fields.

Masters-level teaching

Students taking on the LISS-DTP will be able to take advantage of the masters-level teaching support that is present at all of the institutions involved in the partnership while benefiting from the government and industrial links for funding.

The opportunity is incredibly exciting for students according to Mr. Polak, who believes it will be a huge advantage when it comes to developing their future careers.

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